I went to visit my friend Josette in Westchester last weekend, and we took a day trip to the town of Beacon, NY to climb Mount Beacon. She said it was “just a hike” but it turned out to be 1531 feet hike, up some sometimes steep and rocky trails.
The initial approach was gravel. My tootsies are not tough enough to walk barefoot on gravel (which I used to do as a kid, ha!), so thought I’d walk it on the RunAmocs. Turns out they were a little too delicate as well (I only have the 2mm street soles). So I switched to a not-very supportive other shoe I had, put my RunAmocs in my pack and we hiked to the summit. I didn’t really like not feeling the ground under me as I was used to, but I was more distracted by how out of breath I was on the challenging inclines.
As soon as we got to the top, I switched to my RunAmocs, as it was flat and sandy. AAAHHH said my feet. We walked around the top for a bit, and before I knew it we were going down the mountain again. My feet were all warmed up, so I thought I’d see if I could manage the hike down in the RunAmocs. There were quite a few places of big rocks that I had found challenging footing going up, but now that I was in my grippy thin shoes, I found it quite easy to find solid footing.
It was quite a mental and footwork challenge on most of the trail to get down though, as the trail was pretty rough (like the pic on the right). Careful foot placement, navigation around rocks that weren’t quite big enough to step on and grip, but still had to be walked on, and searching for the comfy sand pocket. About halfway down my ankle started hurting a little – it had been getting strengthened the past few months of barefoot running, but this was VERY demanding. I picked up a branch and used it to help me navigate my way down. I hadn’t realized it going up, but it was damn near an HOUR each way.
Finally, we reached the bottom. My quads were already tight, but I was PROUD of myself – not only did I do a mountain hike in my RunAmocs, I did it on ROCKS!!!
Sadly my cockiness did not last – I awoke the next morning to SCREAMING CALVES which did not abate for a good three days.